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'Goosebumps' while recalling 2014 PTI sit-in, says Shehbaz Sharif

"We are working day and night to revive the economy that you deteriorated in the last 3.5 years," PM tells Imran Khan

By Web Desk
May 25, 2022
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressing the workers of the Karot Hydropower Project in Islamabad, on May 27, 2022. — PID
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressing the workers of the Karot Hydropower Project in Islamabad, on May 27, 2022. — PID

ISLAMABAD: I get "goosebumps" when I recall the disruption caused by PTI's 2014 sit-in during PML-N's government, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Wednesday, as the political activity intensifies in the country.

"We should not be wasting time in dividing the nation and staging sit-ins. Whenever I recall the 2014 sit-in, I get goosebumps," the prime minister said while addressing the workers of the Karot Hydropower Project.

The prime minister's comments came as the PTI is marching from Peshawar to Islamabad under party chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan's leadership.

The prime minister noted that due to PTI's sit-in in 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping cancelled his visit to Pakistan, and as a result, the Karot Hydropower Project was delayed by nearly almost a year-and-a-half.

"...these sit-ins led to a loss of billions to Pakistan. As I stand here today, another sit-in is being planned," the prime minister said, lashing out at the Khan-led party.

PM Shehbaz asked the PTI why was it holding protests. "We are working day and night to revive the economy that you deteriorated in the last 3.5 years."

The prime minister added that Khan had installed "land mines" for the government by subsiding the oil prices. "...we are in talks with the IMF and are trying not to shift the burden on the people."

PM Shehbaz asked the PTI to work for the development of Pakistan and stop the politics of sit-ins and disruption.

Shortly before the premier's speech, violence and chaos took place in Lahore and roads were blocked in other parts of the country due to PTI's protests in other parts of the country.

Later in the day, the Supreme Court directed the federal government to provide the PTI with the ground between the H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad to hold its public gathering.